Rocco And His Brothers

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Luchino Visconti's episodic prize-winning study of five brothers and their widowed mother transplanted from rural Sicily to industrial Milan in northern Italy is violent, deliberately operatic, and makes ambiguous social statements. The characters' relationships are explored over a period of 12 years, with concentration chiefly on Delon and Salvatori as...read more

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Luchino Visconti's episodic prize-winning study of five brothers and their widowed mother transplanted from rural Sicily to industrial Milan in northern Italy is violent, deliberately operatic, and makes ambiguous social statements. The characters' relationships are explored over a period

of 12 years, with concentration chiefly on Delon and Salvatori as they alternately enjoy and abuse the affections of Girardot, a prostitute who yearns to be free. She loves Delon, but he sacrifices her to the brutal Salvatori because the latter seems to have greater need of her love. Unable to

return Salvatori's affection or to put up with his possessiveness, she returns to her former profession. Enraged, he stabs her to death (the 13 on-screen stabbings in European versions are cut to three for American audiences). ROCCO exists in a variety of running times. The American premiere

audience found the 175-minute version overlong and began walking out before the film's final scene ended; but the 95-minute version should be avoided.

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